Making Contact

Making Contact – Shh!: Words vs. Bars: How Prison Poets Escape

Locked up for month, years, or decades.  Poetry is form of self-expression that’s become vital to the incarcerated.  In Prison, Poetry can keep you sane, and help you move towards a better future. To mark National Poetry Month, we bring you a special production by the Prison Poetry Workshop. We go from California’s San Quentin prison, to a group of Alabama prison poets. And we’ll meet a legendary prison poet of the 1960’s who helped spark a literary movement.


Andrew Gazzeny, San Quentin prisoner poet; Etheridge Knight, formerly incarcerated poet; Janice Knight-Mooney, Etheridge’s sister; James Depp, poet and friend of Etheridge; Melba Boyd, former Broadside Press employee; Ira Smith, Guy Carter, AJ Payne, Sarge Daniels, Calvin Green, Staton Correctional Facility poets; Keyes Stevens, Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project facilitator; Dwayne Betts, formerly incarcerated poet.

More information:

Prison Poetry Workshop

Etheridge Knight

Broadside Press

Alabama Prison Arts and Education Project

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison by Dwaye Betts

Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. by Luis Rodriguez

Chucha’s Centro Cultural

Voices Unbroken

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